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Monday, June 9th in AnchorageStories, Struggles & Songs - YWCA Event 6/9/14

Stories, Struggles & Songs - Defending Our Rights, Our Bodies, & Our Future Generations

Please join us to hear indigenous women from impacted communities discuss the links between environmental violence and reproductive health and justice.

Panel speakers include indigenous women representing Yaqui Nation, Fond du Lac Band (Anishinaabe Nation), Gwich’in of Arctic Village, Athabascan of Chickaloon Traditional Village Council, and Yupik of Gambell and Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island.

Co-sponsored by International Indian Treaty CouncilChickaloon Village Traditional CouncilREDOILAlaska Community Action on Toxics, and YWCA-Alaska

Questions? Call 907-222-7714 or email

National Congress of American Indians Midyear Conference Afternoon Breakout Session:NCAIBreakoutSession2014-06-10

‘Bringing US Toxics and Environmental Policies and Practices in Line with Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Reproductive Health, Subsistence and the protection of Future Generations’

Tuesday June 10th, 2014, from 1:30 – 4:00 PM, at the Egan Center Space 12-14
(Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center, 600 W 7th Ave., Anchorage) Event Flyer

  • Speakers will address environmental contaminants and their impacts on Tribal communities in Alaska, the US and Globally and beyond including the severe effects on women’s reproductive health, the health of their children and of future generations.
  •  Presenters will address the failures of US government environmental laws, standards and permitting practices to protect Indigenous Peoples’ rights to Free Prior and Informed Consent, Subsistence, Culture and Health, and will highlight current efforts to change US laws including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
  • Presenters will include representatives of the Kenaitze Tribe, Native Village of Venetie, Native Village of Savoonga (St. Lawrence Island Alaska), Chickaloon Native Village and the International Indian Treaty Council.
  • For more information, please contact ACAT at 907-222-7714 or


BREAST CANCER PREVENTION: From the Personal to the Political (Science, Tips, and Action)


Anchorage: Breast Cancer Prevention event on June, 4th, 2014Please join us for a discussion with national experts with a teleconference call on May 28th, and at events in Anchorage on June 4th, and on Thursday, June 5th in BethelFairbanks, and Homer.


The environmental causes of breast cancer and what you can do to protect yourself and the women you love.


A discussion with . . .



Your opportunity to learn about -


  • The science linking toxic chemicals and breast cancer
  • Environmental risk factors and the precautionary principle
  • Prioritizing prevention through individual and collective action


Our goal is to inspire you to make choices that eliminate contaminants linked to cancer from your home and community. We also hope you will join the many breast cancer advocates across the country who are working for public policies that will…reduce the risks of breast cancer.


Questions? Call (907) 222-7714 or email


Presented by Alaska Community Action on ToxicsAlaska Run for Women, and YWCA – Alaska


News story on CBS Channel 11 KTVA Alaska


Anchorage consumers return products containing toxic chemicals to Walgreens stores

 Customers across the nation demand Walgreens “Gets Tough on Toxics” 

Anchorage, AK (April 16, 2014) – Concerned parents and consumers converged on an Anchorage Walgreens today saying that the company has failed to take action to reduce the sale of products containing toxic chemicals. The shoppers pointed to a new study showing that some Walgreens products contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and other serious health conditions. The event was part of a national “Mind the Store” day of action to raise awareness of toxic chemicals in consumer products. Similar events took place at over 45 Walgreens stores nationwide. Read more.


Citizens for Clean Air

Citizen Statements | Complaint filed 4/24/14 | News Release – Fairbanks air quality Lawsuit 4/24/14

A coalition of Fairbanks residents and community groups took legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, citing failures to protect clean air and public health in Alaska by not enforcing critical components of the Clean Air Act. When air pollution levels exceed health-based standards, as they do in Fairbanks, the Clean Air Act obligates state officials to submit a plan detailing how they will address the problem. The law requires states to prepare their plans in three years or less, but the State of Alaska has yet to submit a plan more than four years after deadly air pollution levels were identified in Fairbanks. The EPA has a responsibility to compel states to develop and submit overdue plans, a responsibility the agency has neglected for Fairbanks.

Children are the most vulnerable to harm caused by the air pollution in Fairbanks,” said Pamela K. Miller, Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics. “Studies show that our children are in grave danger from the severe air pollution—they are susceptible to more frequent asthma attacks, their lungs may be unable to develop fully, their energy for learning, exercise, and play is diminished, and their lives are shortened by degenerative heart failure. We have to ask the Borough, our State, and EPA to do better—because we simply can’t continue to allow our children to suffer this harm. It is time for urgent and responsible action.” Read more.
News Conference: April 24, 2014 adjacent to Aurora coal-fired power plant.
Coal dust collected on extension cord during the News Conference Fairbanks 4/24/14, Aurora coal-fired power plant is in the background. Coal dust collected on extension cord during the News Conference Fairbanks 4/24/14, Aurora coal-fired power plant is in the background. Coal dust collected on extension cord during the News Conference Fairbanks 4/24/14, Aurora coal-fired power plant is in the background. Coal dust collected on extension cord during the News Conference Fairbanks 4/24/14, Aurora coal-fired power plant is in the background. Coal dust collected on extension cord during the News Conference Fairbanks 4/24/14, Aurora coal-fired power plant is in the background. Coal dust collected on extension cord during the News Conference Fairbanks 4/24/14, Aurora coal-fired power plant is in the background. News Conference Fairbanks 2014 04 24, Aurora coal-fired power plant is in the background. Front Page story in the Fairbanks News Miner 4/25/14

News release Dec 11 2013

Vi Waghiyi and Shelley Klein Apatiki - the persistent organic pollutants from pesticides and other toxics travel from around the world to the Arctic where they bioaccumulate in the traditional foods of the Yupik peoples of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. This contamination is a violation of human rights.

In honor of International Human Rights Day, groups around the country call upon the U. S. State Department to address human rights violations of the “Big 6” Multi-National pesticide industry corporations 

Groups urge immediate action to address human rights violations perpetrated by the six largest pesticide and agricultural biotechnology corporations at home and abroad 

December 11, 2013, Washington, DC—In recognition of International Human Rights Day yesterday, a coalition of farmworker, food, public health, Indigenous Peoples, and environmental health and justice advocates delivered a unique photo-petition with over fifty “photostatements” to top officials at the U.S. State Department and White House urging them to hold the world’s six largest pesticide multi-national corporations accountable for human rights abuses. During the first week in December — in remembrance of the worst pesticide disaster in world history at Bhopal, India on December 3, 1984 and culminating on December 10, International Human Rights Day — the groups collected widespread support and pictorial testimonies from people demanding an end to human rights violations by multi-national pesticide companies. The petition — addressed to Jason Pielemeier of the Business and Human Rights Section at the U.S. Department of State, and Susan Rice, the President’s National Security Advisor — calls upon the US Government to fulfill its obligations to protect human rights from corporate abuse, particularly by the pesticide industry, under the provisions of ‘The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’, an international framework that U.S. officials helped draft. Read more.

View the Tumblr Photo Petition


Playing on Poisons - Harmful Flame Retardants in Children's Furniture

News Release 11/20/13

Children’s Furniture Contains Harmful Flame Retardant Chemicals

Popular characters hide toxic chemicals in foam in kids’ furniture –exposure may cause health problems for our children

November 20, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Independent testing found flame retardants in foam furniture for children purchased in 13 states and in Canada, including Alaska. Fire safety scientists are concerned because flame retardant chemicals do not provide fire safety benefits in furniture, yet exposure to these chemicals has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, infertility and other serious health problems.
This Spiderman chair was purchased at an Anchorage Walmart. Testing found it contains the harmful flame retardant firemaster 550.

“A Spiderman chair that we purchased at a Walmart in Anchorage was tested and it has a harmful flame retardant called Firemaster 550 in it,” says Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty, Environmental Health and Justice Coordinator from Alaska Community Action on Toxics. “Arctic Indigenous peoples already carry a high burden of many of the other toxic flame retardants in their bodies. Exposure to these chemicals is linked with thyroid disease, learning and developmental disorders, reproductive problems, and certain cancers. Alaska also has the highest rates of birth defects in the nation. Our children should not be exposed to these chemicals. Kids are especially vulnerable to these chemicals.” These persistent chemicals are carried via wind and ocean currents and concentrate in Arctic wildlife and people. People living in the north are also exposed through indoor air and dust and may have higher exposures because homes are closed in a for a greater part of the year. Read more.

ReportPlaying on Poisons-Harmful Flame Retardants in Children’s Furniture released by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH)

ACAT News ReleaseACAT Publications | More information |National Alliance for Toxic-Free Fire Safety

St Lawrence Island is facing a traditional food crisis

Please donate today - St. Lawrence Island families are facing a food crisis and economic disaster.

Click here to donate to the St Lawrence Island Food Crisis Fund using PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account.

“This is a crisis for the community. Children and elders are going hungry. Freezers which are usually full this time of year are empty.” Says Vi Waghiyi, Native Village of Savoonga tribal member and Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics. Listen to Vi on Native American Calling, 9/20/13.

Learn more | St. Lawrence Island Traditional Food Shortage Tribal Village resolutions (pdf)

Alaskan women go to Washington DC to demand real reform for safer chemicals policy.News Release 10/28/13:

Alaskans go to Washington DC Capitol for a “National Stroller Brigade”

St. Lawrence Island delegation hand delivers chemical reform resolutions to Senators Begich and Murkowski 

Washington DC, October 29th, 2013 – Alaskan women have joined hundreds of mothers, nurses, and cancer survivors in the nation’s capital demanding action for real reform on toxic chemicals to revise the 37 year old Toxic Substance Control Act. The group will have a press rally at 10 am ET on October 29th at the national capitol with a stroller brigade asking congress to strengthen the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, a bill to overhaul antiquated laws governing toxic chemicals. The stroller brigade may be viewed live at 6 am, Alaska time here:

The Alaska Federation of Natives passed resolution 13-23 which states in part: “We trust that our Alaska Senators will read this resolution and join us and other groups in developing and advancing the TSCA reform legislation that provides meaningful protections from, and safer solutions to, harmful chemicals.” Two delegates from St. Lawrence Island will hand deliver chemical policy reform resolutions from St. Lawrence Island to Senators Begich and Murkowski tomorrow with the Stroller Brigade. Read more.

News Release October 17, 2013, Rome, Italy, IPEN – International POPs Elimination Network
Original drawing by GeorgeAnne Sprinkle

Original drawing by GeorgeAnne Sprinkle

UN Expert Committee: Pentachlorophenol is one of the world’s worst chemicals

Agrees to incorporate climate change impacts in toxic chemical evaluation

(Rome, Italy) A UN expert committee recommended global action on pentachlorophenol – a pesticide used for wood treatment including utility poles. The Committee justified its recommendation for the Stockholm Convention due to pentachlorophenol’s persistence, bioaccumulation, long-range transport, and its toxic impacts. Governments around the world will decide on the recommendation in 2015.

“This is the beginning of the end of pentachlorophenol,” said Pam Miller, Alaska Community Action on Toxics. “Pentachlorophenol has global health implications since it is found in the bodies of people throughout the world including Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic. Now governments and the private sector need to get to work to eliminate this toxic chemical.” Read more.

Mothers and Others Against Mercury

call for the Alaska Mental Health Trust to divest from coal

Public health and safety concerns are brought to the board’s attention – yet they still pursue their toxic agenda

Anchorage, AK, September 4, 2013 – The Alaska Mental Health Trust continues to lease coal resources to the highest bidder in spite of public health concerns around coal development in Alaska communities. On Wednesday September 4th, Mothers and others against mercury and coal development in Alaska delivered over 700 petitions with a stroller brigade to the Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT) board meeting at the AMHT headquarters from Tikishla Park in Anchorage beginning at 3 pm. Participants in the stroller brigade delivered petitions and provided testimony about the public health threats of coal mining and combustion in Alaska.

Lisa Wade , a mother, and Chickaloon Village Tribal citizen, tribal council member, and Health and Social Services Director for Chickaloon Village Traditional Council states: “These coal mines threaten the health of our children, our salmon, our water and air quality, our traditions, and our way of life.” Learn more.

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